The HR department is a key player in business but it is not always seen that way. HR professionals can be innovators and active contributors, but they need to show that an investment in HR is an investment in the whole company. Below are 4 key ways to present critics with a new image of HR that shows how vital the department is to a company's success.
1. Industry Knowledge and Corporate Strategy
Make sure you can bring something to your CEO's table. See your company in its wider context: spot industry trends, recognize customer expectations, and understand the financial and operational aspects of the business. Then place HR at the centre of it all and lead the way in expanding your company’s core capabilities.
2. Create and Support Company Culture
The role of advocating for staff does not have to come into conflict with the need to represent your organization's commercial priorities. Both interests can be mutually served by effective recruitment, staff development and procedural transformation. With them you can establish an integrated and profitable company identity that still represents a fulfilling and supportive working environment for staff.
3. Know and Sell
Interpersonal skills are key. You need to have good working relationships throughout the hierarchy of the company and powerful networks in the wider industry. The ideal HR professional can then sell anything: the direction of the business, a working environment, a role or a training strategy.
4. Be an HR Expert
Be familiar with the history of your profession and keep up to date with innovation. Recognize the value in technological and strategic HR developments and be able to incorporate them into your working model so that they remain useful in the long term.
Work with your HR department to be an integral and essential part of your business and in return you will get the respect and admiration you deserve.
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